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Delta Folding Combat Utility Knife L4 Digital Lumamax Flashlight - A Knife & Light To Live By

Posted in Product Reviews on June 1, 2008
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These Days Every man is becoming a superhero. Maybe it's not X-ray vision or the ability to fly, but it's definitely the need for a utility belt, and that's not a bad thing. We added two more accessories to our daily tools about six months ago and we can't imagine being without them now. These are the L4 Digital Lumamax flashlight and the Delta Folding Combat/Utility knife, both made by Surefire. Now you may be asking who in their right mind would pay more than $150 for a flashlight and more than $400 for a pocket knife? Well, we're here to say we would.

Delta Folding Combat/Utility Knife
The knife has a titanium frame that makes it super strong, lightweight, and very corrosion-resistant. The blade is made of Crucible CPM S30V steel which is strong and holds its cutting edge for a long time. We like that it also has the safety features of a seatbelt or webbing cutter, a pointed glass breaker in case you need to quickly help someone from a rolled vehicle, and a finger guard that also acts as a flathead screwdriver. Also included are a small wire cutter and a slotted hex bolt/nut wrench that can be useful all over your 4x4. We've found the tool great whether we're fixing a broken truck or making a sandwich. In fact we've even gone so far as to use it as a tent stake.

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L4 Digital Lumamax
Surefire is known for its lights and has pages of testimonials from customers that used its lights to stun would-be attackers, find missing or injured people in the dark, and signal for help whether lost in the woods or on the battlefield. We took our light all the way to Australia and back, and it's been dropped in the mud, skidded across rocks, and even used to pry open a beer bottle, but what really sets it apart is the shear volume of light it expels. Most flashlight companies like to boast about the candlepower of its lights, but that measures the single brightest point from the light and that number can be propped up by using different lenses and reflective cones. Surefire concentrates on the lumens of light a flashlight emits, which is the entire amount of light in all directions prior to the cones and lenses. To put it bluntly the Surefire lights are really, really bright. Part of the secret of these lights is their lithium batteries. Though costly at $1.75 each, they permit the lights to emit five times the light of your average D-cell flashlight. Surefire offers many different lights (some of our troops overseas use the massive rechargeable units known as the Beast or the Hell Fighter, which offer them lifesaving milliseconds when the enemy is stunned by the bright light). We've found the LED L4 to be a great everyday light for us. It fits in our pocket and is brighter than the common big-cell lights, and the hardy Mil-spec aerospace aluminum body comes in our favorite olive-drab color. Yes we're crazy to be this excited about a flashlight, but once you try one you'll be amazed at just how enlightening a good light can be.

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